Andreas Pereira swaps Manchester United for Valencia in season-long loan

Andreas Pereira swapping the Premier League for La Liga
Image: Andreas Pereira is leaving the Premier League for La Liga

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has secured a season-long loan to Valencia.

The 21-year-old sealed his move a day after Deadline Day because the Spanish transfer window shut 24 hours later than England's.

Pereira arrived at United in 2014 after two years at PSV Eindhoven and after struggling to cement his place at Old Trafford was loaned out to Granada last season where he impressed despite their drop from the Spanish top division.

The Brazilian played in United's pre-season matches against LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Valerenga and Sampdoria but was not included in any of their Premier League squads in August.

Pereira was in Skopje for the European Super Cup defeat by Real Madrid but did not make the trip to Swansea and watched the home victories over West Ham and Leicester from the Old Trafford directors' box.

United boss Jose Mourinho had promised Pereira and United's other fringe players they would get playing time ahead of their busy fixture schedule in September.

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"I will be very happy when the Champions League and League Cup start," Mourinho said. "Because then I'll have more games and more opportunities to give all of my players the game time they deserve.

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"They might not have played the minutes they would have liked so far, but they are all being very patient and waiting for their opportunity to become important for the team."

Pereira played 13 games for United and scored once.

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